York Minster Astronaut "Bosses"
September 3, 2013
Visiting York Minster in England, in July, 2013, I was surprised to discover that they have medallions called "bosses" on the ceiling of the Minster, with an astronaut theme. After a disastrous July, 1984 fire, they asked children to design replacement bosses. Rebecca Walsh, aged 6 at the time, designed a boss with a generic astronaut (L). Ben Kerslake then aged 8, designed a boss depicting Neil Armstrong and the American flag (R). These were on the high ceiling of the Minster, taken with a zoom lens.
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.